DPInterface May 2006 News Archive

May 31st, 2006
Olympus Stylus 720SW review

I've just got my Olympus Stylus 720SW review up along with the Olympus Stylus 720SW photo gallery. The Stylus 720SW is one compact camera that outdoor, nature and adventure lovers should not miss.

HP releases 4 new cameras

And the megapixel wars continue with these follow-ups (not replacements) for several HP cameras released early this year. The first one is HP's new flagship camera with 10 megapixels! If they sound exciting and you can't wait to get one, then I've got bad news - they're all available in... September!

HP Photosmart R967

  • HP's new flagship digital camera with 10 effective megapixels
  • 35 - 105 mm (f2.8 - f5.0) 3x zoom lens
  • 3 inch high-resolution LCD
  • New HP Steady Photo mode uses high ISO sensitivity to achieve faster shutter speeds
  • HP Real Life Technology set includes red-eye reduction, HP Design Gallery, Adaptive Lighting, etc (among other things)
  • Full manual controls
  • Unlimited VGA movies at 24 FPS with sound
  • Takes SD/MMC cards
  • Uses a lithium-ion battery
  • Available in September for $449

HP Photosmart R827

  • 7 effective megapixels
  • 39 - 117 mm (f3.5 - f4.4) 3x internal zoom lens
  • 2.5 inch high-resolution LCD
  • Same HP Steady Photo mode and HP Real Life Technology set as above
  • No manual controls
  • Unlimited VGA movies at 24 FPS with sound
  • Takes SD/MMC cards
  • Uses a lithium-ion battery
  • Available in September for $299

HP Photosmart M627

  • 7 effective megapixels
  • 3x zoom lens
  • 2.5 inch LCD
  • HP Real Life Technology set but no HP Steady Photo (high sensitivity) mode
  • Entry-level camera; no manual controls
  • Unlimited VGA movies at 24 FPS with sound
  • Takes SD/MMC cards
  • Uses a lithium-ion battery
  • Available in September for $229

HP Photosmart E427

  • 6 effective megapixels
  • Fixed lens = No optical zoom (But there's 5x digital zoom)
  • 2.0 inch LCD
  • Entry-level camera; no manual controls
  • Takes SD/MMC cards
  • Uses 2 AA batteries
  • Available in September for $129

May 30th, 2006
Fujifilm FinePix Z3

Fujifilm released an update to 2005's ultra-thin Z1 and Z2 cameras - the slightly updated FinePix Z3.

Fujifilm FinePix Z3

  • 5 effective megapixels (SuperCCD)
  • 36 - 108 mm (f3.5 - f4.2) internal 3x optical zoom lens
  • 2.5 inch high-resolution LCD
  • ISO sensitivity up to ISO 1600
  • No manual controls
  • New Intelligent Flash (First seen on the F30) and Dual Shooting mode
  • Adds Picture Stabilization (high ISO) and a dedicated button
  • Unlimited VGA 30 FPS movies with sound
  • Takes xD-Picture cards
  • Uses a lithium-ion battery
  • Comes in your choice of silver, light blue or pink
  • Available in July for $279

May 27th, 2006
New front design

After spending quite a while in the garage, the new DPInterface front cover is ready. This brand new design adds more info but reduces clutter, all in the same space as before. It also will help users new to the site to quickly jump start to get the latest news and easily read reviews. Feel free (and please do) send me feedback on this new design.

Sony Cyber-shot H5 review

Today, I've put up the Sony Cyber-shot H5 review and Sony H5 photo gallery. The H5 is a nice ultra-zoom that you definitely might want to consider.

May 26th, 2006
Pentax Optio A10 review

I've just published my review of the Pentax Optio A10 and the Pentax A10 photo gallery. Find out why this high resolution ultra-compact was ultimately a disappointment.

May 25th, 2006
Canon PowerShot SD550 review

I've owned this camera for more than 6 months now. Probably because of no time constraints, this review has been delayed till now! Anyway, better late than never, here's the Canon PowerShot SD550 Digital ELPH review and Canon SD550 photo gallery with a ton of photos.

May 22nd, 2006
2 new Pentax digital SLRs

Pentax released 2 new budget digital SLR cameras today. Both are essentially the same camera but one of them features built-in Shake Reduction first spotted on the Pentax Optio A10.

Pentax K100D/K110D

  • 6 effective megapixels
  • Pentax lens mount (1.5x crop factor)
  • 2.5 inch LCD
  • CCD-based image stabilization (K100D only)
  • Full manual controls with hot shoe
  • 2.8 FPS continuous shooting up to 5 images
  • 11-point AF
  • Takes SD/MMC cards
  • Uses AA batteries
  • Available in July for $699 (K100D)/$599 (K110D) with 18 - 55 mm lens

Sony Cyber-shot W70 review

Just posted are the Sony Cyber-shot W70 review and Sony W70 photo gallery. With that, I've reviewed all the Sony W-series cameras released in early 2006 and I conclude that the W50 is probably the best deal.

May 19th, 2006
Fujifilm FinePix V10 review

Is it 3-inch LCD camera month? Well, it sure looks like it with the Fujifilm FinePix V10 review and Fujifilm V10 photo gallery. The Fujifilm FinePix V10 has 5 megapixels, a huge 3 inch LCD and does high ISO.

May 15th, 2006
Nikon Coolpix S6 review

I've just reviewed another camera with a 3 inch LCD: check out the Nikon Coolpix S6 review and Nikon S6 gallery. It's not stopping there: I've got more treats for you coming up.

May 12th, 2006
Canon PowerShot SD630 review

Finally, I've published the review of the Canon PowerShot SD630 Digital ELPH and the Canon SD630 photo gallery.

May 9th, 2006
What they did

I just got back my Canon SD550 and there's the usual post-repair faults. This time, they swapped the port cover which was loose but replaced it with a gray version (mine is beige). And they returned different a battery (different letter code) from the one I gave them (I found out only when I came back) - whether this is a good or bad thing I don't know. Finally, I got a replacement wrist strap but after searching for a bit on the Canon site, I'm not amused. I've just found out it's a WS-800 wrist strap - meant for the cheap A-series!

May 7th, 2006
Canon PowerShot S80 review

The review of the Canon PowerShot S80 is up as well as the Canon PowerShot S80 photo gallery.

SanDisk Memory Stick Pro Duo review

I've just reviewed the SanDisk Memory Stick Pro Duo, a tiny flash memory card used mostly in Sony cameras and devices.

May 6th, 2006
Sony T30 review updated

I've updated my review of the Sony Cyber-shot T30 to include more info about the brighten LCD function.

Sony H2 firmware update

Sony has released a firmware update for its Cyber-shot H2 (see our review) addressing the problems when using SanDisk Memory Stick PRO Duo cards.

May 4th, 2006
Casio Exilim Z5

Another ultra-compact from Casio, the Exilim Z5.

Casio Exilim Z5

  • 5 effective megapixels
  • 38 - 114 mm (f3.1 - f5.9) 3x optical zoom lens
  • 2.5 inch LCD
  • 33 Best Shot modes
  • UnlimitedVGA 30 FPS movies with sound
  • Takes SD/MMC cards
  • Uses a lithium-ion battery
  • Available in June at an unknown price

May 1st, 2006
Sony Cyber-shot T30 review

A little less than a year ago, we were the first to publish the full review of the famous and highly demanded Canon PowerShot S2 IS. We're repeating history this year; with the internet's first Sony Cyber-shot T30 review from an independent digital camera review website. And it comes with a fancy Sony T30 photo gallery as well! By the looks and demand of things, the Sony Cyber-shot T30 is sure to sell like hot cakes!

May 31st:
HP Photosmart R967
HP Photosmart R827
HP Photosmart M627
HP Photosmart E427
May 30th:

Fujifilm FinePix Z3
May 22nd:
Pentax K100D digital SLR
Pentax K110D digital SLR
May 4th:

Casio Exilim Z5

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